Village Missions will not let the country church fade away. Since 1968, we have been keeping country churches alive in Canada. We place pastors in rural churches and help those churches get back on their feet. We care about the country church and are working to keep the church a vibrant and vital presence in more than 32 rural communities throughout Canada. We’re here when crisis hits, when the community is searching for somewhere to turn for answers.

We believe that the church is central to keeping a Gospel presence in rural Canada, impacting Christians and unbelievers alike.

Our aim is to provide a Christ-centered community church program capable of involving the entire population of a local community with worship services, personal contacts in homes, Sunday schools, home and group Bible studies, special youth and adult activities, Vacation Bible Schools, and other activities.

In order to accomplish this, we place spiritually qualified missionary-pastors in churches at the invitation of local rural communities. These missionary-pastors serve in a full-time capacity. We support the leadership through prayer as well as financial and other logistical assistance.

Who is Village Missions

Village Missions exists to glorify Jesus Christ by developing spiritually vital churches in rural North America.
Village Missions conducts a missionary/pastor ministry in a local church context primarily in rural areas of North America.

The objective is to reach the entire community; therefore, denominational issues are avoided. The missionary/pastor is to become an integral part of community life, winning the friendship and confidence of the people. He is to be the spiritual leader, providing opportunity for all to hear and respond to the Gospel.

The aim is to provide a Christ-centered community church program capable of involving the entire population of a local community. This is accomplished through worship services, personal contacts in homes, Sunday schools, home and group Bible studies, special youth and adult activities, vacation bible schools, and other activities.

Qualified LeadershipLeadership ApproachChristian Character
We value the placement of full-time, spiritually qualified missionary leadership by invitation of the local people as the primary means of developing spiritually vital churches.

We value supporting the leadership we place through prayer, financial, and innovative forms of logistical assistance.

We value an approach to ministry that proclaims and demonstrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Preach the Word and Love the People), and is evangelistic, relational, and involved in community life.

We value a focused approach of reaching people in rural areas of North America-places without an ongoing demonstration of the gospel.

We value a long-term approach that enables churches that have reached financial stability to collaborate with us in helping other churches, while receiving leadership and encouragement from us.

We value Christian character, specifically integrity, Christ-like love, humility, and faith, in all that we do as a Mission and as individuals in our Mission. We are committed to the Word of God for all that we are and all that we do.

We value spiritually vital churches that are making substantial progress in the areas of evangelism, instruction, prayer, worship, and fellowship.

1948 Village Missions founded at Cannon Beach Conference Grounds. Rev. Walter Duff Jr. appointed National Director and begins sending out rural pastors
1953 Rev. Duff becomes full time Director of Village Missions
1956 District Representatives appointed
1968 Work in Canada begins
1980 First District representative in Canada
1983 Retirement facilities purchased in Dallas, Oregon
1987 Retirement facilities purchased in Grand Junction, CO
1989 Rev. Jack Canady appointed as Assistant Director
1991 Village Missions begins using present office as International Service Center
1991 Walter Duff retires
1991 Jack Canady appointed C.E.O.
1992 Roy Adrian becomes the Western Canada District Representative
1993 Rev. Walter Duff Jr. enters heaven
1996 Financial operations moved from Stonecroft Ministries in Kansas City to Dallas
1996 Roy Adrian becomes the Regional Administrator for Village Missions Canada
1996 Bill & Lorna Powell become the Eastern Canada District Representative
1998 Village Missions celebrates 50th Anniversary Jubilee in Estes Park, CO
2000 Dr. Jack Canady retires from Village Missions
2000 Rev. Brian S. Wechsler appointed as Executive Director
2004 Dr. Jack Canady appointed as Executive Director Emeritus
2004 Center for Leadership Development under Dr. Glenn Daman begun
2007 Retirement facilities purchased in New Gloucester, ME.
2011 Henry and Marilyn Vandermeer become the Western Canada District Representatives
2014 Contenders Discipleship Initiative rolled out
2015 Forward Again 2015 Initiative
2016 Murray Graham became Executive Director
2018 Head office moved to Mission, BC
2018 Celebrated 50th Anniversary in Canada
We believe…
The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures – that they are inerrant and that their teaching and authority are absolute, supreme, final and complete;
The trinity of the Godhead – God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit;

The personality of God – the personality and deity of Jesus Christ, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very Man; the personality of the Holy Spirit;

The resurrection of Jesus Christ – that His body was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that He ascended into Heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God as the believer’s Advocate;

The sinfulness of man – that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved and need a Savior from sin;

The Atonement – that Jesus Christ became the sinner’s sacrifice before God and died as the propitiation for the sins of the whole world;

The necessity of the new birth – salvation is by grace through faith and not of works; saving faith will maintain good works in the life of the believer;

The literal resurrection of the body, both of the just and of the unjust;

The everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost;

The evangelization of the world – the supreme mission of the Church in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature;

The second coming of Christ according to Scripture.

To assure that the data provided to Village Missions is kept in absolute confidence, the following policy is in effect.

Village Missions is committed to the highest standards of integrity according to the standards set by the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Christian Stewardship Association. Therefore we will protect the privacy of our online visitors. The Privacy Policy ensures all visitors providing information that the data will not be shared with any third party.

All information collected either through the web sites or other means is maintained by Village Missions. Personal information is not public information. We will not sell, rent, lease, or exchange the information obtained online with any other organizations, individuals, or ministries.

Village Missions assures you that the identity of all who contact us through our web sites will be kept confidential. Use of personal information will be limited to internal purposes of the ministry. Village Missions is committed to ensuring the security of your personal information. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accurately, and ensure the proper use of information, we have established and implemented appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online or other resources. (Databases)

All data stored by personnel of Village Missions, transmitted to, and received by Village Missions belongs to the ministry. All information obtained and stored by Village Missions is accessible only by permission and policies defined by administrative staff.

For more information, please contact:
Village Missions Canada
PO Box 3400
Mission, BC V2V 4J5

Village Missions believes in financial accountability and so the latest financial statement can be read here. BV027P – Financial Statements – June 30 2015

Today’s Pressing Needs

Hundreds of years of mission service focused on foreign fields has produced a great harvest of souls and sadly, a declining church in North America…

In 1900…27 churches for every 10,000 people

In 1990…12 churches for every 10,000 people

In 2004…11 churches for every 10,000 people

As large denominations pull out of rural areas due to a declining population and a lack of funding, they leave many communities without the Gospel. FOR EVERY CHURCH THAT IS OPENED IN NORTH AMERICA NEARLY 3 CHURCHES CLOSE EACH YEAR.
Throughout Canada, many of these small communities experience higher divorce rates, higher drug use and higher levels of poverty. These communities are filled with hurting people who don’t know where to turn, marriages that need support, children who have never heard of Jesus and Christians who need to be shepherded. There are so many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of these individuals.
Since 1968, Village Missions has reached out to these small communities to insure the Gospel is not lost. Village Missionaries engage and connect with the people in these rural areas. Village Missionaries work beside many of the town people in activities such as: farming, ranching, logging, volunteer firefighting, EMS, and partnering with local school districts. In addition Village Missionaries visit the people throughout the community, encourage the sick and elderly and provide assistance to those in need.

Meet Our Village Missions Family

Village Missions
Village MissionsBoard of Directors
Back Row: Roy Adrian (Regional Administrator), Bill Powell (Eastern District Rep), Henry Vandermeer (Western District Rep), Brian Wechsler (Executive Director), Tom Gerbrandt (Village Missionary), and Lee Gregory (Chairman)

Front Row: Ernie Munchinsky, Hal York, Don Fairholm (Treasurer), Murray Graham, Jim Cross (CFO), Bob Hillhouse

Brian and Carole Wechsler
Brian and Carole WechslerExecutive Director of Village Missions (Dallas, OR, USA)
Brian is the Executive Director for Village Missions in United States. Besides directing the affairs of the mission, he and Carole travel extensively to speak at conferences, raise awareness of the mission and the needs for ministry, and speaking to potential donors. They are based in the same city as our US Head Office in Dallas, Oregon. His advice and guidance to the Canadian board reflects the longstanding cooperation in ministry between our two countries over the years.
Murray and Debbie Graham
Murray and Debbie GrahamExecutive Director of Village Missions Canada
Murray Graham is the Executive Director for Village Missions Canada. Besides directing the affairs of the mission under the guidance of the Canadian Board, Murray and Debbie raise awareness of the mission and the needs for ministry, and speaking to potential donors. Murray began this role in July 2016. They will also be performing District Representative duties in Alberta.
Eleanor Tracey
Eleanor TraceyAdministration and Office Support
Eleanor manages the Canadian Head Office. Eleanor and her husband, Arnold, also serve as Village Missionaries in Whonnock, BC.
Henry and Marilyn Vandermeer
Henry and Marilyn VandermeerDistrict Representatives
Henry and Marilyn travel to the missionary fields across Canada, making contact with the missionaries and churches to encourage, assist, and provide support through various resources.
Village Missions
Village MissionsMissionary Family
We currently have missionaries in over 30 fields across Canada, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.
Check out our locations page to find out where you can find us.